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Scoliosis - What Increases Your Risk

Things that increase a person's risk for scoliosis include:

  • Family history. Scoliosis is known to run in families. Children—especially daughters—of women who have scoliosis are at increased risk for having scoliosis.2
  • Being female. Girls are more likely than boys to have a significant curve that requires treatment.

Scoliosis is more common in people who have:

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  • A spinal bone that is pushed forward (forward displacement), usually in the lower back (spondylolisthesis).
  • Missing or abnormally short arms or legs.
  • Other disorders related to tissue development while in the womb.
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Last Updated: November 19, 2012
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